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Fast and accurate approximation of the angle-averaged redistribution function for polarized radiation
journal contributionposted on 27.10.2020, 16:47 by Alberto Paganini, Ernest Alsina Ballester, Luca Belluzzi, Behnam Hashemi
Context.Modeling spectral line profiles taking frequency redistribution effects into account is a notoriously challengingproblem from the computational point of view, especially when polarization phenomena (atomic polarization andpolarized radiation) are taken into account. Frequency redistribution effects are conveniently described through theredistribution function formalism, and the angle-averaged approximation is often introduced to simplify the problem.Even in this case, the evaluation of the emission coefficient for polarized radiation remains computationally costly,especially when magnetic fields are present or complex atomic models are considered.Aims.We aim to develop an efficient algorithm to numerically evaluate the angle-averaged redistribution function forpolarized radiation.Methods.The proposed approach is based on a low-rank approximation via trivariate polynomials whose univariatecomponents are represented in the Chebyshev basis.Results.The resulting algorithm is significantly faster than standard quadrature-based schemes for any target accuracyin the range [10−6,10−2].